Last night i was watching “koffee with karan+farhan akhtar+hritik roshan”. in conversation farhan akthar mentioned that the cast for dil chahta hai had turned out very different from what was initially planned.akshaye khanna was supposed to play the character played by amir khan and hritik was to play sid(dharth). when hritik had some, what he calls ‘genuine date problems’, farhan approached abhishek bacchan. well after 5 minutes of deliberations when the director finished his ‘casting dramatics’ the only thing that i could think of was “Thank God”. In my extremely humble opinion neither of the two actors could have done justice to the character the way akshaye did and farhan ought to consider himself lucky..coz without that cast his film would’nt have turned out the way it did. a classic of our times.